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Deputy City Manager Joe McRae has been appointed Interim Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services. His term of service will begin Sept. 1 and continue through the first quarter of 2014, while the City conductions a national recruitment for the position.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz said, “I look forward to his leadership in evaluating existing programs and services in the Department and providing recommendations for improvements as we transition to a new Director in 2014. Mr. McRae has been a key member of the city’s management team since 2008, handling some of the most important issues in the city. His leadership in creating the 311 operations and revamping the youth and young adult programs have been key initiatives that have improved critical City services.”

During Mr. McRae’s absence, the majority of his duties in the City Manager’s Office will be managed by Intergovernmental Relations Coordinator Matt Swentkofske and by Citizen Engagement Division Manager Erika Storlie.